Barbara J. Boucher

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Associations have been reported between vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene polymorphisms, type 1 diabetes, insulin secretion, and the insulin resistance syndrome. As VDR polymorphisms have no known functional significance, these findings may implicate a variant of the VDR gene or a locus in linkage disequilibrium with the VDR. We have examined VDR mRNA and VDR(More)
The report by Hyppönen and Power in this issue of the Journal (1) highlights a frustrating and regrettable situation for nutrition researchers. In the early 1970s, the same serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentrations reported by Hyp-pönen and Power were thought to be indicative of " healthy " white adults in the United Kingdom (2). However, during(More)
OBJECTIVE Accumulating epidemiological evidence suggests that hypovitaminosis D may be associated with type 2 diabetes and related metabolic risks. However, prospective data using the biomarker serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] are limited and therefore examined in the present study. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS A total of 524 randomly selected(More)
This cross-sectional study investigates whether calcium intakes from dairy and non-dairy sources, and absolute intakes of various dairy products, are associated with periodontitis. The calcium intake (mg/day) of 135 older Danish adults was estimated by a diet history interview and divided into dairy and non-dairy calcium. Dairy food intake (g/day) was(More)
The spherical anatomy of human and rat liver lobules implies that more central cells have less time to carry out their function than more peripherally located cells because blood flows past them more rapidly. This problem could be overcome if more centrilobular cells could operate at higher temperatures than periportal cells. This study presents evidence(More)
The widely used lipid-lowering drug niacin is reported to induce hyperglycemia during chronic and high-dose treatments, but the mechanism is poorly understood. Recently, the niacin receptor [G-protein-coupled receptor, (GPR) 109a], has been localized to islet cells while its potential role therein remains unclear. We, therefore, aimed at investigating how(More)
Background: The global prevalence of type 2 diabetes is increasing. Effective strategies to address this public health challenge are currently lacking. A number of epidemiological studies have reported associations between low concentrations of 25-hydroxy vitamin D and the incidence of diabetes, but a causal link has not been established. We investigate the(More)
Since maternal vitamin D deficiency has mechanistic effects increasing offspring hepatic steatosis, and the expression of fatty acid synthase [7], and activated hormonal vitamin D reduces intrahepatic triacylglyceride synthesis, both in vivo and in hepatic cell lines under insulin resistant conditions [8], it would be useful to know whether or not(More)